Tips to keep your house clean with your kids this vacation
School is out and the kids are home. Are you wondering how you are going to keep the house clean? Well, we are here with some tips from our mothers on staff to help you (and your house) survive this vacation.
1. Let Them Help
Give your kids chores! Kids can complete simple tasks such as making beds, putting toys away, dusting, sweeping, and vacuuming. Make each task age appropriate for your child.
2. Make It Fun: Rewards and Encouragement
Use a chore or responsibility chart to track accomplishments. Give them stars or smiley faces when they complete their chores. Clean up with your kids so they can learn the process and methods that are important to you. They’ll enjoy the time with you, and you’ll be able to model the tasks. Cleaning doesn’t have to be torture; make it a game, and everyone will reap the rewards.
3. Don’t let it pile up: Do laundry daily
Take at least one load of laundry from start to folded and put away every day. This process keeps the laundry piles away and ensures that everyone’s favourite shirt is clean. Older kids can help put away laundry, and younger kids can pick up dirty laundry or sort the laundry by colour.
4. Clean Up Toys as you go
A great rule to follow is to clean up one thing before starting another. As the kids are finished playing with one toy, have them put it away immediately before starting the next activity. This stops the toys and activity materials from becoming one big mess.
Do a little clean up before rest time and a family clean up before dinner or bed time. This takes 5-10 minutes and keeps the messes from overwhelming. Be creative and get your kids involved in keeping your house clean and everyone will benefit. Ease up on expectations and you’ll gain so much more — independent children, fewer tasks for just you to complete, and kids who know the importance of teamwork and responsibility.
Yes, it is possible to keep your house clean with kids! 😀